So the clocks have gone back, the shortest day is in sight and it’s definitely time to make our homes as cosy as possible. We may have experienced increasingly mild winters in recent years but the importance of insulating our homes effectively and conserving energy has never been greater.
What many people don’t realise is that rain and wind contribute to heat loss from a house just as much as a drop in outside air temperature. Recent research carried out by the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment found that heat loss will increase by 5-8 per cent if it’s windy outside and 20 percent if it’s raining. And if, as many of us have experienced this past week, it’s windy and rainy, the figure can rise to 30 per cent.